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house of correction

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noun
  1. a place for the confinement and reform of persons convicted of minor offenses and not regarded as confirmed criminals.
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Origin of house of correction

First recorded in 1625–35
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  • So you think you deserved your house-of-correction turn, while another was only suffering the blackest injustice?

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo


British Dictionary definitions for house of correction

house of correction

noun
  1. (formerly) a place of confinement for persons convicted of minor offences
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